Energy and Environment

The Ebb and Flow of Pro-Active Solutions for Virginia Coastal Flooding

In 2008, former Governor Tim Kaine's Climate Change Commission laid out more than 100 recommendations to mitigate and adapt to climate change and sea level rise. So far the state has failed to adopt a plan to execute them. To his credit, Governor Terry McAuliffe recently launched a similar commission.
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CA Governor a Good Lead for Virginia to Follow on Energy, Climate Policy

The other day, I highlighted California Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address as a model for state-level energy and climate policy. In Gov. Brown's speech, he set ambitious goals: increasing "from one-third to 50 percent our electricity derived from renewable sources;" reducing "petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent;" doubling the efficiency of buildings in the state.
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Breathe Easy: Electric Cars Limit Pollution, Report Says

Breathe Easy: Electric Cars Limit Pollution, Report Says
A new report from Environment Virginia details the ways electric vehicles are taking pollutants off the state's roads. And even when their electricity is derived from coal-fired plants, their efficiency is still a net positive, on both pocketbook and lungs.
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Midwesterners Could See 10-20 Cent Spike in Gas Prices if Keystone XL Gets Approved

Midwesterners Could See 10-20 Cent Spike in Gas Prices if Keystone XL Gets Approved
Recent polling has indicated strong support by the American public for approving construction of the Keystone XL Canadian tar sands export pipeline. Yet, this support is based on a series of falsehoods, spread by the very people who stand to benefit from the pipeline’s approval.
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VA Bill Charges Customers for Imaginary Nuclear Plant, and Other Ethical Lapses

VA Bill Charges Customers for Imaginary Nuclear Plant, and Other Ethical Lapses
Dominion Energy in Virginia is just one of the many donors whose contributions to state politicians results in big benefits. This time, instead of paying rebates to their customers after overcharging them, a new bill allowed them to keep that money to pay for a never-likely-to-be-built nuclear power plant.
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Criminal Investigation Launched in Dan River Coal Ash Spill

Criminal Investigation Launched in Dan River Coal Ash Spill
The US Attorney's office has launched a criminal investigation into the Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. Duke Energy and the agency supposedly in charge of its oversight, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, are the focus of the federal probe.
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Don't North Carolina Us! Yes. It's a Verb.

Don't North Carolina Us! Yes. It's a Verb.
Keeping the blue-ward trend going in Virginia is an imperative. Just look at what's happened to North Carolina. From abortion rights to environmental exploitation to disaster capitalism, North Carolina has swiftly become a forerunner in every single bad policy the right wing can dream up.
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Chemtrails of Deceit: The 10 Most Toxic Ingredients Used by Fossil Fuel Industries

Chemtrails of Deceit: The 10 Most Toxic Ingredients Used by Fossil Fuel Industries
From sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide to mercury and lead, many of the by-products of the fossil fuel industry's extraction, refining and transportation processes are well known to even casual observers. However, the list doesn't end there. A new round-up by The Raw Story puts together the scary facts behind 10 particularly dangerous (and less known) chemicals used to create energy around the world.
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Top Wildfire Fighter: 'We've Had Climate Change Beat Into Us'

Top Wildfire Fighter: 'We've Had Climate Change Beat Into Us'
Fires that measured 100,000 acres of destruction were once rare and considered major, but in today's American West, fires twice that size are common place. Watch more as "60 Minutes" walks through the flames with the federal government's chief of fire operations and discusses the impact of climate change on his tragically expanding work.
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Global Temperature Average: 339 Consecutive Months Above Last Century's

Global Temperature Average: 339 Consecutive Months Above Last Century's
As President Obama is set to unveil a climate change plan tomorrow, the National Climatic Data Center released more of the same disheartening news: May was the 339th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.
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